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Summary

  1. Cabot Circus in Bristol has been evacuated
  2. Armed police officers will be seen patrolling streets in the West today
  3. Our police forces are encouraging people to speak to them about security concerns
  4. People across the region mark a minute's silence to remember victims of Manchester attack
  5. An investigation is underway after a serious a house fire in Bath last night
  6. Neighbours say a family managed to escape the blaze and no-one was injured.
  7. Choristers sing from the top of Gloucester Cathedral Tower to mark Ascension Day
  8. Latest news, sport, weather and travels updates from around the West of England on Thursday 25 May

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Goodnight from Local Live - it's going to be hot again tomorrow!

That's all from us this evening.

We'll be back again tomorrow from 7am-10pm with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Here's Ian with your weather forecast.

Weather 25 May

BreakingCabot Circus reopens

Avon & Somerset Police have told us that Cabot Circus has reopened after their search of the shopping centre didn't find anything suspect.

Cabot Circus statement released

A spokesperson has said:

We have temporarily evacuated the centre in response to an alert, and the emergency services are in attendance, the safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority

Cabot Circus Spokesperson

Police confirm officers at Cabot Circus

Deserted roads around Cabot Circus

Roads around Cabot Circus have been closed due to the ongoing police incident.

The BBC's Blanca Munoz who was there says

I saw loads of ambulances and police cars going towards Cabot. Everything around Cabot Circus was closed off. Police said there was a bomb threat but couldn't tell me if it was genuine or not. I spoke to bystanders who heard the alarms in Cabot telling them to leave. Everyone left calmly.

Blanca MunozBBC Reporter
Cabot Circus
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Good news for man rejected from job over guide dog

Ian Brooks from Glastonbury had a job offer withdrawn after his employer found out he was blind and used a guide dog.

The computer programmer's plight was featured by BBC Points West, and afterwards a company tracked Ian down and has offered him a job.

Ian is apparently "high up in the clouds" at the prospect of returning to work.

Ian Brooks
BBC

Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A4044 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between A4032 Newfoundland Street and A420 Old Market Street.

A4044 Bristol - A4044 New Bond Street closed between the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction and Old Market Roundabout, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

BreakingCabot Circus evacuated

We're getting word that Bristol's Cabot Circus is being evacuated. More to follow.

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Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

A4044 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between A38 The Haymarket and A4032 Newfoundland Street.

A4044 Bristol - A4044 New Bond Street closed eastbound between St James Barton Roundabout and the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A4044 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between A38 The Haymarket and A4032 Newfoundland Street.

A4044 Bristol - A4044 New Bond Street closed between St James Barton Roundabout and the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Election campaigning to resume in the West

Campaigning for the General Election is resuming around the West.

There has been a two-day pause following the Manchester bombing, and activities have been subdued today.

UKIP decided to go ahead with their manifesto launch as planned this morning, and UKIP's Gloucester candidate says now is the right time to begin again.

Watch: Daniel Woolf from UKIP says now is the right time to start campaigning again.

Musgrove Park patients enjoy a taste of Chelsea

The West Country did very well at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.

If you're healthy, it's a short trip into London to go and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Those who are currently unwell in Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital have been unable to get out, so today the Chelsea Flower Show came to them.

Watch: staff at Musgrove Park wanted to give them a taste of the Chelsea Flower Show

Former GCHQ director warns of Manchester attack 'distractions'

The former deputy director of the Cheltenham-based GCHQ, Brian Lord, has warned that leaks to the media about the Manchester attack will be a 'distraction' for the authorities investigating.

Donald Trump has already condemned the leak, which saw photos of the crime scene published in the US.

Brian Lord says information sharing is needed, even though UK authorities have said they won't collaborate any more with US intelligence agencies.

Watch: Brian Lord is the former Deputy Director at GCHQ

"I miss Callum every day and wish that he was still with us.”

Callum Smith
Callum Smith's family.

Callum Smith was found hanged in his cell at HMP Bristol in 2016.

After Callum was arrested there were so many opportunities for someone to step in and make sure that he was kept safe. The fact that no one did this means that my two children will now grow up without a father. Our daughter was the apple of Callum’s eye and I know that he would have been a wonderful father to our son who he never go to meet. I miss Callum every day and wish that he was still with us.”

Libby SmithCallum’s partner

Prison service 'failed' hanged prisoner

Callum Smith Family/BBC
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Callum Smith, 27, from Cheltenham was remanded in custody at HMP Bristol after allegedly making threats to commit criminal damage during a mental breakdown.

He was discovered hanged in his cell March 2, 2016 and pronounced dead at the scene,

Read the full story here.

Callum Smith Family/BBC

Prison service 'failed' hanged prisoner

Callum Smith was found hanged in his cell at HMP Bristol in 2016.

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Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J16, A38 (Aztec West) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bath fire victim 'devastated' at loss

A mother-of-three from Bath has returned to the scene of the fire which destroyed her home.

Michelle Drew, from Twerton, was in the house when the fire started. Four crews from Avon Fire & Rescue were called out to fight the fire which broke out shortly after 6pm yesterday.

Nobody was injured, though Michelle's house was gutted and her neighbours' also suffered damage.

Watch: Michelle Drew returned to the scene of the house fire.

Cricket: Kiwi all-rounder joins Somerset for T20 Blast

Corey Anderson
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Somerset have signed New Zealand international all-rounder Corey Anderson for the full T20 Blast season.

Anderson, 26, has played 29 T20 internationals for New Zealand and played for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League this year.

The left-hander will join Somerset after playing for his country in the Champions Trophy between 1 and 18 June.

Anderson, who once held the record for the fastest one-day international century (off just 36 deliveries), said: "Having been unable to fulfil a contract at Somerset a few years ago due to injury, I'm excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club."

I'm excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club

Corey Anderson

Your sunny weather photos

Are you out enjoying the scorching sun today? We aren't at all jealous, honest - stuck sitting in our office.

In any case, here's a selection of some sunny weather photos doing the rounds on social media, starting with Bristol's Castle Park.

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Meanwhile, Sally has been out at Gloucester Docks:

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And Tony is enjoying the sun at Taunton's County Ground

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Severe disruption: M48 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M48 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between M4 J21 and J1 for A403.

M48 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M48 westbound between M4 J21 and J1, A403 (Aust), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Lucky escape' for family after fire destroys their home

A mother-of-three from Bath has told of her family's lucky escape after a fire destroyed their home.

The Drew family were in the house last night when the blaze began.

Michelle Drew returned to her house this morning to see the damage the fire had caused..

Video: The fire has destroyed the house in Twerton.

Warning over hoax calls in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Police has warned people not to make hoax calls about bombs in the area.

Acting Chief Constable Julian Moss said:

We received two separate calls yesterday from telephone numbers in the Gloucestershire area of this nature. We subsequently have arrested the people we believe are responsible. There are consequences to this kind of action and they are also a drain on resources at a time of intense pressure for our officers. We are asking the public to help us by not making these types of nuisance calls and allow us to do our job of keeping you safe.

Julian MossActing Chief Constable, Gloucestershire Police

Former supermarket worker from Bath earns a place in the NFL

Former supermarket worker Alex Jenkins has signed for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL as part of their practice squad for 2017.

The 6ft 6ins Great Britain International started his career with Bristol Academy Aztecs.

He was inspired to play after watching Adam Sandler in the 2005 movie 'The Longest Yard'.

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Severe disruption: A430 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A430 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between Severn Road and Merchants' Road.

A430 Gloucestershire - A430 St Anne's Way in Gloucester blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Severn Road junction and the Merchants' Road junction, because of bridge fault.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Measures needed' after rail window death

Simon Brown
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Simon Brown was killed when he was travelling on the Gatwick Express last August

Train companies should do more to stop passengers leaning out of train windows following the death of a man in south London, investigators have said.

Simon Brown, who worked as an engineering technician with Hitachi Rail in Bristol, died on 7 August 2016 after he hit his head on a gantry while heading through Balham.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said operators should add measures when there was a risk of people leaning out of train windows.

Investigators also found no reason why Mr Brown had leaned out of the train.

No drugs or alcohol were found in his system and there was no evidence he was taking photographs, they said.

You can read more about the story here

Gloucester RFC players make Barbarians team taking on England this weekend

Gloucester duo Richard Hibbard and Jeremy Thrush will join the Barbarians side that plays England at Twickenham on 28 May.

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Gloucester man encourages school kids to stay away from gangs

A Gloucester man who found himself on the periphery of gang culture has gone back to school to inspire students to make the right choices in life.

Cameron Parker was brought up in Tredworth and admits he and his friends took the wrong path. But now he tours the country talking to young people and encouraging them to think more about the choices they make.

He's recently been back to Severn Vale school, where he studied, to share his story.

Watch: Cameron Parker encourages school kids to steer clear of gangs

Choristers have sung from the roof of Gloucester Cathedral Tower to mark Ascension Day

Choristers have sung from the roof of Gloucester Cathedral Tower to mark Ascension Day

Newspaper headlines across the west

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Your local paper headlines

Gloucestershire Gazette: Fire started 'deliberately' at Coalpit Heath children's play area.

Bristol Post: 'Money man' for major drug ring has sentence cut by two years.

Somerset County Gazette: Police drugs operation in Taunton - not terror related.

Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Elderly woman targeted by thieves while shopping in supermarket.

Tribute to the victims of Manchester terror attack

The West came to a stand still this morning to remember the people who died in the Manchester bombing.

From Somerset to Gloucestershire, people paused for a minute's silence in tribute.

The West falls silent to remember Manchester attack victims

Severe disruption: M49 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M49 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between M4 J22 and M5 J18A.

M49 Bristol - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M49 southbound between M4 J22 and M5 J18a, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Inquest: 'Failings while in custody' contributed to death

Callum Smith
Family of Callum Smith

A man with a history of mental illness killed himself while suffering anxiety and distress, an inquest has concluded.

Callum Smith, 27, was taken to Bristol Prison after threatening to burn down his mother's house.

The inquest found a number of inadequacies and failings while in custody and remand in prison contributed to his death.

More on this story later.

Shiver me timbers, treasure ahoy!

A hoard of coins discovered in the West has been voted the nation's favourite treasure find.

The collection of 52,000 coins was discovered by Dave Crisp in a field near Frome in 2010.

The hoard's now been recognised nationally in the poll run by the British Museum and he Telegraph newspaper.

Coins
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You can see the coins on display at the Museum of Somerset.

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between J11 for A40 Golden Valley Bypass Gloucester and J10 for A4019 affecting J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J11, A40 (Gloucester) and J10, A4019 (Cheltenham), because of an accident involving a car and caravan. Travel time is 25 minutes. Congestion to J11a, A417 (Gloucester).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Overnight closures on M32 in both directions

Cricket: Somerset sign Corey Anderson for T20 Blast

Corey Anderson
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New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has signed to play for Somerset in this season's T20 Blast.

The 26-year-old will join the club two years after pulling out of a spell with them because of a back injury.

Anderson, who has played 13 Tests, 44 ODIs and 29 T20 games, said "I'm excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club."

In 2014 he set a new record for the fastest ODI century, reaching his ton from 36 balls against West Indies.

Click here to read the full story.

Delays building on M5 northbound between J11 and J10